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#1 tonyb61

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 03:19 PM

I was driving today and started to hear a loud grinding noise when braking which gets worse as the car is driven, and the brakes are used more. Noise seems to come from front nearside wheel. I got home and looked at the pads, and they have 2-3mm left. What else could it be ?

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#2 H3lly

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 03:33 PM

There could be grit (loose stones) lodged in around the caliper. I would securely jack up offending side of the car, turn wheel by hand to check for any resistance. Remove wheel, check rotar for resistance. Spray brake cleaner around rotar and caliper. Put wheel back on test drive it to see if noise reoccurs. If you know what your doing, you could remove the brake pads and give the caliper a through checking, it could be that it's sticking or leaking some brake fluid. Check the level and it's dot4 brake fluid in fords. Let u sknow how you get on.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:14 PM

might want to check the brake disc isnt worn too. i had the same sound and thats what was wrong with mines

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 03:15 PM

at 3mm i would be changing the pads.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 04:18 PM

at 3mm i would be changing the pads.

I had decided to bite the bullet, and as the disks look pretty worn judging by the lip at the edge and centre I felt happier replacing the lot especially as pretty cheap on a focus. So I have a set of disk/pads lined up for the weekend....Hopefully they will fix the problem !

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 04:50 PM

I had decided to bite the bullet, and as the disks look pretty worn judging by the lip at the edge and centre I felt happier replacing the lot especially as pretty cheap on a focus. So I have a set of disk/pads lined up for the weekend....Hopefully they will fix the problem !

best way with brakes :)

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 11:53 AM

The focus is an easy car to replace the brakes on (disks anyway!) but I had the same thing, a lot of noise when there was about 3mm of play left. I think its a "feature" of Fords - new pads from EuroCar Parts - 35 - jobs a good un'

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 04:02 PM

The focus is an easy car to replace the brakes on (disks anyway!) but I had the same thing, a lot of noise when there was about 3mm of play left. I think its a "feature" of Fords - new pads from EuroCar Parts - 35 - jobs a good un'

Well, replaced disks/pads and problem obvious once pads removed. The inside pad had 0mm left (although outer pad had 4-5mm)! Not sure why I hadn't seen that when I checked. Just as well I had already decided to replace disks as well ;)
Anyway all good now, brakes working great and quiet too.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:50 PM

Job well done, and something not to have to worry about for a good length of time. :)

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:35 AM

Agreed, im glad that Ford got something very right on the Focus, 10mm bolts, undone, disk on, pads on, tightened up - alls good :)

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